Timothyhallam Timothyhallam

Upper Intermediate level


During this lesson, we will focus on some adverbs through the context of power and money as new vocabulary. To start things off, Ss will be shown a short comedy video which is about a Manager who is besieged by his staff over a serious pay issue, who distracts them and runs off to the airport. They will then work in pairs to produce a scenario where one of them is a manager the other an employee. The Manager will use distraction techniques. At the end, T to get the feelings of the Ss. We will then look in more detail at the adverbs. To elicit these, we'll play a game using the WB, where Ss put the adverbs into categories and for a bonus point, add the correct stress on the syllables. Ss will then practice the adverb vocabulary further through some exercises related to the book, 'Bonfire of The Vanities,' by Tom Wolfe. We will end the lesson returning to the scenario from the beginning, but this time Ss will be divided into groups and will prepare a statement from a Manager about a serious issue using the new vocab as much as possible.


Abc Bonfire Of The Vanities HO
Abc Correct or incorrect sentence Exercise Vocabulary 1B

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, Ss will know how to use a series of commonly used adverbs appropriately.

Subsidiary Aims

  • During this lesson, Ss will have controlled and freer practice using these adverbs to develop fluency.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T to set 3 gist questions :- Is this a good example of Managing people? Is this familiar to you? Does this happen in real life? and show Ss a short comedy sketch about a manager who is evading talking to his staff about serious issues by distracting them. After brief feedback from WC on the questions, Ss will be split into PW where one is a Manager and the other an employee. The employee will have a serious problem, eg not being paid, health and safety problem and the Manager will evade the issue whilst trying to be nice. T to do a quick FB at the end of this session from selected Ss to see how they felt.

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T to elicit this new vocab through a game. 3 columns will be put on to the WB; Naturally, Unexpectedly and Unexpectedly and Surprisingly. Ss will be split into 2 teams, Men and Women worked last week, so I'll do that and review if there's an imbalance of numbers. T will then toss a coin to see which team starts and call the words to each team in turn, and in random order, Of course, Needless to say, Obviously, Oddly, Strangely, Miraculously and Remarkably. Ss will have 3 potential points for each word, putting it in the correct box, the spelling and the stress on the appropriate syllables. Teacher will elicit the word and drill from each word when it is entered. Because this is in strict turns, it should be more controlled to drill the word after it has been written, as it hasn't got the chaotic context of a race to the WB!

Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T to introduce the context of the Tom Wolfe Book, The Bonfire of the vanities and give Ss the handout in which they have to select the appropriate adverb from the list we have looked at. T to go through the answers asking Pairs what they have put in turn.

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

T to give Ss a further HO, which is an exercise which is a little bit more challenging, where Ss have to decide which sentences are correct. I have decided for the sake of convenience, to keep Ss in the same pairs for this exercise. T to again elicit the answers from each pair at the end of the exercise. As mentioned in Anticipated problems, some of the meanings of these adverbs are quite similar, so I will have to highlight contrast if and where necessary.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

For this exercise, Ss will be divided into 3 or 4 groups, depending on numbers, Of course, Obviously and Seriously? They will be asked to think back to the beginning of the lesson where there were managers evading problems. Each team will be tresented with a problem and they have to prepare a 'grovelling' statement using the words we've learned. Points will be given for each word used. T to point out that although not exclusively, thiese words are often used to pad out statements to make them sound more heartfelt! T to give an example in context setting as contrast with plain language.

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